Students discover a painting, starting with the details. During the class discussion, more and more of the painting is revealed. This is based on the Zoom In routine developed by Project Zero, Harvard.
General learning objectives
- The class will be introduced to Vincent van Gogh's paintings.
- By looking closely at details, the students will try to find out what is shown in the painting. They will look for evidence to support their hypotheses about the painting and change their minds when they receive new information.
- The students will learn that there is sometimes more than one right answer.
This lesson can easily be divided into three blocks of about ten minutes each, which can be given at different times. Each block covers two paintings.
This lesson is based on the Zoom In
routine developed by Project Zero
at Harvard University. Within this project, a variety of Visible Thinking Routines have been developed, with the goal of making learners more aware of their own thought processes. For more information about Project Zero, see www.pz.harvard.edu
You can literally zoom in on Van Gogh's paintings with the class on the website of the Van Gogh Museum